K-State Proud is a student led philanthropic campaign on the K-State campus. The money raised allows students that are at risk of leaving K-State because of financial situations to stay on campus. This amazing task is done mainly through student donations.
Through my involvement in this campaign, I have had the opportunity to help decide what students receive the K-State Proud Awards. Over this semester, K-State Proud has awarded 32 students a K-State Proud Award. The total amount awarded is $41,829.42. These awards have helped keep students at K-State and on track to accomplish their goals.
K-State Proud also looks to recognize the outstanding leaders on the K-State campus that aren’t always getting noticed or the leaders that are helping out in the community without wanting attention. K-State Proud recognizes these students with the K-State Hero Award. This $500 award goes to 5 students each semester. Students are nominated by their peers, professors, or community members for the Hero Award.
The K-State Proud campaign gives life to the phrase “K-State Family.” Students donate a minimum of $10 to receive a K-State Proud t-shirt. These donations form Student Opportunity Awards that keep K-State students on campus.
My involvement with the K-State Proud campaign has been the most rewarding experience I have had at K-State. Recently I received an email explaining how much the K-State Proud Award changed a student’s life:
“My sense of the meaning of community has changed profoundly. When I was on the verge of losing access to higher education, it was my fellow wildcats who gave me the help I needed to pull through a difficult time in my life. We are a community as much as we are a university, and it is a community to which I feel a great sense of gratitude. I will be thinking to myself, when I graduate this May, that I have made it in large part because I had a community behind me. We are a community – a true wildcat “nation”, a nation to whom I will always continue to belong (as alumni), and continue to give back.”
Receiving an email like that reminds me how important K-State Proud is and the impact it has on K-State students.
If you know a current K-State student that is in need of a K-State Proud Award or a K-State student that would be a great K-State Hero, nominate them today.